I posted a few months ago that my uncle has graciously given me my grandfathers second model t.
Today we pulled it out of storage and into the light. It's been in secure dry storage since the late 80's, last time it was started was 2002.
Luckily my uncle is a car guy so he properly stored the car. We added some gas and water and after a few cranks he fired up.
Here's some pics I took with my cell phone, not the best. I'll get better pictures when I start cleaning "Carl".
Carl is in overall good condition, I will preserve him only, no restoration will be done. He needs just a good cleaning and minor mechanical touch ups to get him road worthy. Carl even delighted us by starting on magneto .
Nice! Looking forward to seeing it out in the daylight.
Simply awesome. I ask about the rear axle to see if you Uncle knows if it was rebuilt and if bronze thrust washers were installed vs babbitt. He may not know. If that is true I strongly encourage you to rebuild the rear axle just to be sure and for obvious safety concerns.
Well, how does it drive?
Looks good, except this is probably the only time I have seen a T with a 30 X 3 wheel on the right front and a 30 X 3 1/2" demountable on the left front.
Congratulations on keeping another one in the family!
A wild guess here ....
" Carl " was your Uncle's name ?
Beautiful T ....
Royce, I noticed the wheel difference also, the correct wheel has a bad tire so my g'pa put this one on as fix.
Carl was my grandfathers middle name, so I named the t after him. My 16 coupelet's name is Isabel which is my grandmothers middle name.
My uncle drove the car into my trailer, I thought it was fitting to let him drive it.
Great car and story. Thank you for posting, and as Steve mentioned, looking forward to more pics in the light or as you bring it along.....
If Carl needs a place to stay for a few more years I would be happy to make up a room for him. I promise to keep him well fed and dry and go for long walks on sunny days.
Bob McD, Do you need an older babysitter for that 1913 youngster of yours?
Philip B, Congratulations! Be grateful for good family, enjoy, and care for that family treasure.
I look forward to seeing more...
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Wow can't wait to see the progress. It's been waiting to get out in the light. Tim
I own an 11 open runabout just like yours. You are going to love it. I drive mine all the time. Enjoy.